Texans defensive star J.J. Watt wants offensive role
Houston Texans star defensive end J.J. Watt is the reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year.
After playing tight end initially in college at Central Michigan before moving to defense at Wisconsin, Watt has expressed a desire to contribute on offense in the NFL in red-zone situations.
"Whatever I can do to help the team win, I will do," Watt told ESPN. "I've been lobbying since Day 1. It hasn't worked yet, so I don't think it's going to work anytime soon but it's his team. It's just about being an athlete. I have fun, catching balls is fun, just doing whatever you can to be an athlete, working on hand-eye coordination, and the little things. It never hurts to be able to catch a football."
Watt actually played wide receiver at the Pro Bowl for a snap.
"No, I didn't like that personally," Texans coach Gary Kubiak said. "When I saw he was going to line up out there, that scared me a little bit. We'll let him keep getting after the quarterback and maybe we'll find him a play or two of offense down the road."
According to Kubiak, the Texans have thought about featuring Watt offensively.
"No, we've talked about it actually," Kubiak said. I don't know what part of the Wisconsin package he would play, but we'll see."
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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun